Firm sentenced for asbestos failures

Last Updated on 18th September 2021 by Admin

Firm sentenced for asbestos failures

A home improvement firm sentenced for asbestos failures have been fined for the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.

Firm sentenced for asbestos failures

Ace of Hearts Home Improvement Limited removed asbestos containing materials from a domestic property in St Albans in September 2015

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company was not licensed to remove asbestos. Still, Asbestos Insulation Board (AIB) soffits surrounding the underside of the guttering around the front, gable end and back of the property had been dismantled in an unsafe manner, creating the serious risk of respiratory exposure to asbestos fibres to the other two workers and the residents of the property (a family of four including two children).

A roof covered with a tarpaulin during a roof repair Firm sentenced for asbestos failures

Asbestos Soffits illegally removed

Ace of Hearts Home Improvements Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(1) and Regulation 16 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in that it failed to comply with an improvement Notice.

The company was fined £100,00 and ordered to pay costs of £2,118.

If the asbestos is damaged or releasing dust, you should seek the advice of a specialist contractor.

It is doubtful that the levels of asbestos fibre found in buildings will be harmful. Still, if you have damaged asbestos materials in your home, you should seek professional advice immediately.

Ring Armco Asbestos Consultants on 0161 763 3727 for free advice.

We do not recommend DIY removal, but if a householder
is tempted to remove small amounts, they should always refer to the available
guidance to ensure that it is done safely and disposed of correctly.

Guidance on unlicensed small scale asbestos removal work is available from the HSE
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For free advice on domestic asbestos removal contact our office on 0161 763 3727 or by visiting https://www.armco.org.uk/.  

Alternatively call 0161 761 4424 or visit https://www.armcoasbestostraining.co.uk/ for enquiries or to book a training course.

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Published Sep 12, 2016

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